Collaborative portraits

It might seem from these posts that the work for Festival of Quilts is happening in a very haphazard fashion. Working on lots of things at once does suit my easily-bored, butterfly mind. I think at the moment I have 21 pieces underway which sounds completely ludicrous now I count them and write it down! And that's not even including the ones that are fairly fully-formed in my mind's eye but don't actually exist at the moment.

What matters for me is that I'm working at a pace and I find that is inevitably fruitful. Making work, spurs new work and quickly snowballs. My work is about my life and so it's quite natural that my life contributes to the outcome in many ways. Not least that this week it's the school holidays and so the apprentice is in the studio with me while I (try to) work. Coincidentally, I'd seen this 'hilarious' meme on Twitter, which set me thinking...

I think we've all had days like that.

So I began to think about how I would draw my self portrait and how Amelie might draw me. I thought it could be a fun exercise to work on a 50/50 portrait. I wasn't sure how it would work out, whether we could technically do it, and whether the results would be good to look at.

We worked together on two and I LOVE them both.

Please excuse the dodgy, rather hastily taken photos!

Amelie thought I did way too much 'colouring in' and shading. She prefers a more economical use of line. I wish I could have that 5-year-old confidence!

So these two pieces are now definitely part of the line-up for This is Everything we Are. At the moment they are smallish prints on fabric. I'm not sure they'll stay just like this, but for now they'll stay up on the studio wall while I think about them.

Hope you're having a creative week.
Bye for now,


  1. Did you draw over a photo or free hand? Who went first? I might try this with my kids.

    1. Hi Helen, Bit late to the party with my reply! We did some with a photo some freehand so I'd say to try with both to see what suits you best. Hopefully your kids will love it as much as mine!

  2. I love them! It is like you teamed up with Picasso. When my neighbor friend was little, we would create together and her spontaneity and quick hand made me loosen up, too. If only we could all embrace our "little me" for a brief time each day. We would probably all be happier. Have fun!

    1. Thank you so much! There's a quote from Picasso about every child being an artist, I will have to remind myself of it!

  3. They are fabulous Laura and I think the sparse line compliments the "colouring in" perfectly. I'll look forward to seeing them in August.

    1. Thank you Gina. They are next in line to be finished for the exhibition.


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